Orange Grilled Chicken with Spicy Homemade Caramel Popcorn


  • 2 cups (480 ml) Florida Orange Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Florida orange zest, divided
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 each jalapeño, quartered, seeds removed
  • 4 each chicken breasts, 6-oz. portions
  • 4 cups popcorn, popped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon crushed aleppo pepper


Orange Grilled Chicken with Spicy Homemade Caramel Popcorn
Step 1:

Reduce orange juice to 1 cup. Divide into 2 containers, 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup.

Step 2:

Pour the 3/4-cup reduction into a bowl. Add 1 teaspoons orange zest, soy sauce, jalapeño and chicken breasts. Let marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Step 3:

Lay the popped popcorn on a parchment paper–lined sheet pan.

Step 4:

Place the sugar in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat until all of it has melted and is caramelizing. When all the sugar has caramelized, add the heavy cream, 1/4 cup reduced orange juice, the remaining zest and the Aleppo pepper; stir for one minute. Drizzle evenly over the popcorn. Allow caramel time to cool and become semi-hard.

Step 5:

Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and cook on a preheated grill until an internal temperature of 145ºF has been reached.

Step 6:

Place the chicken on a plate and garnish with the citrus popcorn.